By now, chances are you have figured out where your classes are but many students, especially those still getting to know RIC, don’t know what else the college has to offer them. Orientation didn’t end this summer – freshman year is the real orientation!

One of the most important questions students ask at college is – What am I going to eat today? It might sound like a silly question, but think a little harder. Nutrition is not only for essential for healthy living, but also for healthy brain development. You are what you eat, right?

Donovan Dining Center
So what are you going to eat today?

Donovan Dining Center, commonly referred to as “The Don,” is your one-stop-shop if you are a student with a massive appetite. In general if you want to spend the least money and get the most food, this is your eatery of choice.

A recent visual revamp and contemporary additions to their menu have helped Donovan change to a more vibrant dining experience. Even though the Sushi is good, my favorite choice is still the salad bar, which is very reasonably priced at $4.00 per pound.

You’ll find The Don on the RIC quad, opposite Adam’s Library, nestled next to the Student Union.

Sudent Union Café
If it’s a caffeine boost you’re looking for before that three-hour evening class or a wake up call at 8 a.m., the Student Union Café is your best friend. Why? They have the best coffee on campus.

If you feel hungry at breakfast, you can also grab a toasted bagel with cream cheese for $1.50 or a croissant for $1. As a result of student suggestions, you can now use a meal plan or campus points in the café anytime. Get some friends together and grab a pizza for $15, it can be split between three or four people and they make them fresh for you.

The Student Union Café is on the first floor directly underneath the Campus Bookstore.

The east campus café, The Galley, was opened last semester and is worth a visit if you’re in the area. The person behind the counter will greet you with a friendly face.

The Galley
The Galley is a great place to grab a snack, salad, sandwich or drink, especially if you just got out of the gym at the Recreation Center or class nearby. You can also play tabletop games like chess, backgammon and checkers. Sets of game pieces are right next to the counter.

The Galley is located on the first floor of Building 3, right next to the bursar’s office and financial aid building.

But as you can tell, each of these places has something different to offer. So don’t be surprised if you see a professor or two, a couple of people from your classes or even the college president at the table next to you, grabbing a quick bite to eat.